Call-in request in House of Commons

Yesterday in House of Commons local MP Fiona Bruce asked:

“Will Ministers give very serious consideration to a call-in request I have made relating to a planning application for 190 properties in Goostrey? It would generate detrimental interference to the radio telescopes and world-leading scientific work at Jodrell Bank, and is therefore a concern of national significance.”

Brandon Lewis [Minister of State for Communities and Local Gov] replied:

“My hon. Friend will appreciate that I cannot comment on a particular planning application, but any such request will be given full consideration. I know that she has campaigned very hard with local residents to protect what they perceive as an important piece of local infrastructure. I will obviously look at all the details that come in.”

[Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 16 March 2015, c536)]

and now an article in Knutsford Guardian 17th March 2015.

Effectively, by ‘calling it in’, this would be a shortcut straight to the equivalent of a planning appeal where all the evidence would be heard and assessed.  There is no guarantee of a refusal!  If the evidence is not convincing then the development may be allowed.

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    The Knutsford Guardian article states:

    “The ‘Call In’ of an application refers to the power of the Secretary of State to take the decision on a particular planning application out of the hands of the local planning authority for his own determination and one of the key grounds is because there are matters of national significance involved.”


    If this application does go to the Secretary of State, does this give the objectors any more hope that the application would be refused?

    Does this action mean that if the Sec of State says “no”, the applicants cannot go to appeal?


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      There is always hope. It would at least demonstrate the national significance of JBO…common sense would hopefully then prevail!
      A legal challenge could be made if the developer felt Planning Ministers had acted procedurally unfairly.

      “If a planning application is called-in, there will be a public inquiry chaired by a planning inspector, or lawyer, who will make a recommendation to the Secretary of State. The Secretary of State can choose to reject these recommendations if he wishes and will genuinely take the final decision.
      They normally relate to planning applications which raise issues of national significance.”

      Statutory rules for inquiries “require the Secretary of State to give the parties a further opportunity to make representations if, after the close of an inquiry, the Secretary of State differs from the inspector about any relevant matter of fact or proposes to take into account any new evidence or new matter of fact. A challenge will succeed if a court is satisfied that Planning Ministers have acted procedurally unfairly”.

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    Effectively by ‘calling it in’, this is a shortcut straight to an equivalent planning appeal where all the evidence is heard and assessed. There is no guarantee of a refusal! If the evidence is not convincing then the development maybe allowed.

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